Historic Railroad Map of the United States & Mexico - 1862

Starting at $34.00

Adding to cart… The item has been added


Colton's Railroad and Military Map of the United States, Mexico, and the West Indies.

The Pacific Railroad Act of 1862 expanded railroads in the west. Railroads were an important factor during the American Civil War. Troop supplyment was of utmost concern for both the Union and the Confederacy. The railroads were proving themselves to be effective during the wartime efforts. With the Railroad Act, the government expected to bolster the Union by connecting the valued resources found in the west.

Following the Act, work began on a trans-continental railroad that would connect Council Bluffs, Iowa with San Francisco Bay. Council Bluffs, on the Missouri River, was a major stepping stone to several early west bound trails.

In the south, Mobile was heavily fortified. Although Union navy forces held a blockade to prevent ships from entering the harbor, Confederates devised a fleet of fast-operating camouflaged boats that managed to slip in and out of the harbor supplying the town.

The 40 foot H.L. Hunley submarine was built in Mobile.

Many railroad lines were fought over during wartime.

This detailed map of portions of North America was published in 1862 by Joseph Hutchins Colton. It shows relief, drainage, cities, towns, forts, and railroads, both operational and proposed. Population chart is based on the 1860 census.

Insets include Colton's map of the Americas Africa and a portion of Europe showing the Atlantic and part of the Pacific Oceans, New Orleans and Delta of the Mississippi Louisiana, Mobile Harbor Alabama, Key West and Tortugas Florida Reefs, Wilmington and vicinity North Carolina, Charleston Port Royal and Savannah vicinities, Washington Manassas Junction Harpers Ferry Baltimore Annapolis vicinity, Beaufort and vicinity North Carolina, Norfolk Fortress Monroe James River Richmond Petersburgh vicinity.


Archive Paper

Archive Paper

Premium fine art paper that provides accurate color reproduction with high-contrast, high-resolution print output and maximum image permanence. A high-quality print ready for framing.

  • Museum quality paper for high-quality fine art.
  • Ultra smooth, neutral white matte finish.
  • Heavy-weight 230 gsm, 9.5 mil thickness.
  • Printed with pigment inks for longer print life and enhanced fade resistance.
  • Pigment based Canon LUCIA inks provide smooth tones and rich colors in fine, precise detail.
USA map icon

Made In The USA

Our wall map products are designed and printed on demand by our small team in Seattle, WA using high quality materials and fine art giclee printing.
Purchase order icon

School Purchase Orders

We gladly accept purchase orders from schools and other government institutions. Learn more here
Icon of plane flying

Worldwide Shipping

International shipping options are available. Free shipping within the contiguous USA

Questions about Historic Railroad Map of the United States & Mexico - 1862?

World Maps Online is here to help you with all of your map needs. If you need help finding the right product, we're happy to answer questions you have. to send us a message on live chat.